Methodology

 

Background

In 2006, I visited Nora Timon, then in her 90th year, and was instantly fascinated by her interest in and knowledge on the Timon family in Tibohine. Her enthusiasm, clarity of memory and the stories she recalled challenged me there and then to commence the task of researching and building the ‘Timon Family Tree’. Now three years later and with a considerable amount of research on the genealogy of the Timon family initiated, I consider it timely to publish a 1st. draft of the Tree. I dedicate this draft to Nora Timon, as the matriarch of the ‘Timon Family Tree’.

The Starting Point

As can be seen in the statement on ‘Information Sources’ that follows, the starting point was the 1749 Elphin Diocesian Census initiated by Church of Ireland Bishop Edward Synge. This is the first documented record found thus far on the Timon family in Tibohine. The name listed in the census was M. Timon, presumably Michael Timon, as the Christain name Michael features regularly across several generations. He is listed in the family tree as Michael (Elphin) Timon albeit he had no habitable connection with Elphin. Based on Nora Timon’s recollections that all the earlier Timon generations had very large families and that they consistently used the same Christian names (Michael, Patrick, John, Edward, Thomas, Martin and James) in each generation, I have listed these names with approximate dates of birth in the first, second and third generations, basically in an attempt to search records of Timon family members across the many genealogical databases that exist on the Internet. This has already proven useful in a number of cases and new databases (e.g., US and UK Census records) are being uploaded on the Internet regularly; so it’s an ongoing process.

Family Branches

Information from the 3rd generation onwards is record specific. There were six brothers in this post famine generation, three of whom settled and reared families in Tibohine. Arising from these three families, there are now three distinct albeit related branches within the Timon Family Tree, which I have termed as follows: The ‘Michael Timon Branch’, The ‘John Timon Branch’ and The ‘Edward Timon Branch’. To facilitate ease of identification of relatives across the generations, two versions of a ‘Descendant’s Report’ have been prepared, viz.,

1. Family-Branch based Descendants Report

1. Trans-Generational Descendants Report.

The Family-Branch based report groups the descendants of Michael, John and Edward Timon in separate family lines across the nine generations; the

Information Sources

The earliest authentTrans-Generational Report simply lists all Timon relatives in each branch across all generations. A fourth branch, descendants of James Timon (Athlone) is currently being researched.

icated records of the Timon family in Tibohine, Co. Roscommon date back to the Elphin Diocesian Census, initiated in 1749 by Edward Synge, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Elphin. It is understood that Bishop Synge wished to know the proportion of Protestants to “Papists” (a name he used to refer to Catholics) with a particular interest in the collection of church dues.

In any event, it recorded two Timon “Papists” in the town land of Tibohine, an M. Timon (a labourer – farmer) married with three children and a T. Timon (a labourer – farmer) without any children. There were two other Timon families in the parish (then known as the Parish of Tibohine), one in Rathkeery (two children) and one in Currenturpane (one child); quite possibly, these families were interrelated. There was only one other Timon record for the entire County of Roscommon and that was a John Timon (Cotier), Eastersnow, Ardcarn, Boyle. The Timon Family Tree is based on the presumption that M. Timon referred to Michael Timon – a male Christian name that features regularly across successive generations.

The next definitive record located was found in the Church of Ireland Applotments Survey carried out in the 1820’s, again with the purpose of assessing Church dues; these records are available in the National Library, Dublin. This survey showed two Timons in the parish, a Patrick Timon, farmer, in the townland of Tibohine (presumably a grandson of Michael Timon) and a T. Timon (Cotier) in the townland of Leitrim.

Tibohine Parish Church records (Birth and Marriage entries, albeit incomplete and very difficult to read) from the 1830’s to 1860’s are available in the National Library, Dublin and were searched. The Griffith’s Land Survey, undertaken in the 1850’s was also consulted, as was the 1901 and 1911 National Census Records. The most important contemporary information sources were the Fairymount/Tibohine Church Baptism records and the National Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, available on a county basis from 1864 onwards.

Internet Searches

The next stage in the development of the ‘Timon Family Tree’ involved the initiation of searches of the now numerous genealogical databases on the Internet; currently, there are billions of records on the Internet in a range of databases that include census records, birth, marriage and death registrations, immigration records and many other documents and record sources. To access these it was necessary to select an appropriate Family Tree software package and to establish a Timon Family Tree Website. Three different software packages were and still are being used, viz., “Family Tree Legends”, “ Family Tree Maker” and “MyHeritage Family Tree Builder”. Each has it’s own particular characteristics but the most important advantage in using the different packages and their associated Internet Genealogy Search Engines is the spread of global records (USA, British, Canadian, Australian etc.) that can be researched. I have located quite a considerable number of Timon relations through these Internet searches.

Current Status

The ‘Timon Family Tree’ currently extends to over 1300 persons spread over more than ten generations. The tree is accessible on three websites, viz.,MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.co.uk, Genesreunited.co.uk. If you wish to access the tree on any of these sites please contact me by e-mail (viviantimon@eircom.net) and I will arrange access. Please know that it is inevitable that there are errors and omissions on the tree. Consequently, additions and corrections to the tree will be very much appreciated.

The next challenge is to add photographs, videos and other material that will add life to the family tree. I also plan to make and upload on the tree an Introductory Timon FamilyTree DVD. Please let me know of any photographs or other material that you have that I could use; I can scan them and return the original material to you by return post. 

Author: Vivian Timon

My name is Dr. Vivian Timon. I am a scientist by training and have worked in AN Foras Taluntais, Ireland, first as a scientist and then as Assistant Director. I spent two years in North Carolina State University as Professor of Genetics. Later I joined The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and ended my 15-year career there as Senior Advisor, Science & Technology. In the year 2000, on retirement, I took a keen interest in Genealogy and Gaelic studies and went back to University (NUIG) to study the Gaelic language. During the past few years, I have built a Timon Family Tree now embracing over 1400 persons over more than 10 generations and published several articles relating to Genealogy and the History of the Timon Family in Irish and in English.

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